New Delhi: Taking a cue from New Delhi’s step of summoning Pakistan’s high commissioner to India, Islamabad, on Friday, summoned the Indian deputy high commissioner in Pakistan, JP Singh, and lodged a protest against India’s allegation of its role in the Pulwama suicide attack.
The Pakistan foreign office summoned the Indian envoy and rejected – what it called – “baseless allegations” made by India against Pakistan on the Pulwama attack.
Pakistani foreign office spokesman Mohammad Faisal, in a tweet, claimed that Pakistan foreign secretary Tehmina Janjua also rejected India's allegations, while briefing the ambassadors of the United States, Russia, France, the United Kingdom and China on the Pulwama attack.
Faisal, also added, “FS said Pakistan has pursued a constructive approach towards India. Pakistan's offer of dialogue and the #Kartarpur initiative are a clear evidence of this. Ratcheting up tensions in the region will be counterproductive [sic].”
India’s foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale said, “Pakistan must take “immediate and verifiable action” against the Jaish-e-Muhammed, the terror organization that claimed the suicide attack on the CRPF convoy, and it must immediately stop any groups or individuals associated with terrorism operating from its territories.”
Earlier, finance minister Arun Jaitley said there is “incontrovertible evidence” about Pakistan’s “direct” involvement in the attack that killed 42 CRPF personnel.